Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation

Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation

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by Jonathan Lear
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674027469

ISBN-13: 9780674027466

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Harvard

Shortly before he died, Plenty Coups, the last great Chief of the Crow Nation, told his story—up to a certain point. “When the buffalo went away the hearts of my people fell to the ground,” he said, “and they could not lift them up again. After this nothing happened.” It is precisely this point—that of a people faced with the end of

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Shortly before he died, Plenty Coups, the last great Chief of the Crow Nation, told his story—up to a certain point. “When the buffalo went away the hearts of my people fell to the ground,” he said, “and they could not lift them up again. After this nothing happened.” It is precisely this point—that of a people faced with the end of their way of life—that prompts the philosophical and ethical inquiry pursued in Radical Hope. In Jonathan Lear’s view, Plenty Coups’s story raises a profound ethical question that transcends his time and challenges us all: how should one face the possibility that one’s culture might collapse?
This is a vulnerability that affects us all—insofar as we are all inhabitants of a civilization, and civilizations are themselves vulnerable to historical forces. How should we live with this vulnerability? Can we make any sense of facing up to such a challenge courageously? Using the available anthropology and history of the Indian tribes during their confinement to reservations, and drawing on philosophy and psychoanalytic theory, Lear explores the story of the Crow Nation at an impasse as it bears upon these questions—and these questions as they bear upon our own place in the world. His book is a deeply revealing, and deeply moving, philosophical inquiry into a peculiar vulnerability that goes to the heart of the human condition.

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ISBN-13:
9780674027466
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
89,962
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.43(d)

Table of Contents

  • I. After This, Nothing Happened

    • A Peculiar Vulnerability
    • Protecting a Way of Life
    • Gambling with Necessity
    • Was There a Last Coup?
    • Witness to Death
    • Subject to Death
    • The Possibility of Crow Poetry


  • II. Ethics at the Horizon

    • The End of Practical Reason
    • Reasoning at the Abyss
    • A Problem for Moral Psychology
    • The Interpretation of Dreams
    • Crow Anxiety
    • The Virtue of the Chickadee
    • The Transformation of Psychological Structure
    • Radical Hope


  • III. Critique of Abysmal Reasoning

    • The Legitimacy of Radical Hope
    • Aristotle’s Method
    • Radical Hope versus Mere Optimism
    • Courage and Hope
    • Virtue and Imagination
    • Historical Vindication
    • Personal Vindication
    • Response to Sitting Bull


  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an insult to the Crow. It is a narrowly considered and extraordinarily conceited opinion regarding a dilemma that is completely irrelevant. His arguments are flimsy and he has the audacity to speak about the issues as if he himself actually lived through the times he writes about. A horrible, ill considered book. Would not recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should have been a three to five page paper, not a book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking
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